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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 23:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I got the electric bill and this week's Economist in the mail today, but that's all -- no junk mail.
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 14:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Even if you're okay with the word "essential," that still leaves a hell of a lot of room to debate what does or does not qualify. A couple days ago I saw a photo on Facebook -- a display of vegetable-garden seeds in a garden-store section, marked off-limits and partly covered by a sign to the effect...
by Jennifer
03 Apr 2020, 21:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Interesting piece about the toilet paper shortage -- it's not due to irrational hoarding but because demand has actually gone up: Americans are not making more bathroom visits than before, but they are making far more bathroom visits at home, rather than at work, a restaurant restroom or other publi...
by Jennifer
03 Apr 2020, 15:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Cross-posted from another thread (background: I'd recently learned a Facebook friend of mine had to go into a care home after coming down with a "Parkinson's type neurological disorder" as one of his relatives put it; I wondered what sort of small affordable cheer-up gifts I could send someone now s...
by Jennifer
02 Apr 2020, 21:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Simple Pleasures
Replies: 65
Views: 5915

Re: Simple Pleasures

Fungus-smuggling in time of pandemic? Nice. This evening Jeff installed (read: cut and stapled) the outdoor rug and rolled screen/netting we bought last week for our outdoor patio/balcony. For the first time since we moved in, we can sit outside without leaving our address and also without being has...
by Jennifer
02 Apr 2020, 14:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

From what I've read, getting a sourdough starter actually started is much more difficult than it sounds. I also have a vague memory of reading about 1800s life, IIRC for early white people in California, and people took their sourdough starters with them and were downright protective of them.
by Jennifer
02 Apr 2020, 14:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Unless, presumably, you're only ever right for the wrong reasons. Or wrong for the right reasons -- I can't keep up with all the arguments from the Richard Epstein/Iraq War booster-types. In other partisan political news, Georgia Republicans are opposed to sending out mail-in ballots to Georgia vote...
by Jennifer
02 Apr 2020, 03:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Have you not read this thread?
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 21:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Ah, I did misunderstand your initial post. But, regarding your example of your mom making sure you had no dirt under your fingernails -- I maintain that's quite different from what's going on now. Your mom, like most moms since well before germ theory was discovered, made certain you were visibly c...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 21:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Oh, to be sure, where "traumatic, history-making events" are concerned, 2020 Americans living through The Pandemic still have it far easier in many many way than, say, "Europeans in World War Two" or "Okies in the Depression," whether adults or children. But for all the ways the 2020 Pandemic is le...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 19:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Fulton County (which includes part of Atlanta) issued a more stringent stay-at-home order: stay home or face jailtime. Apparently this was inspired, in part, by certain city parks being absolutely packed with people. (When Jeff and I went out to a park for the last time, we rejected our favorite loc...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 19:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I have no doubt that there will be people who come away from this with psychological issues. But OCD is a very particular issue, it has a definition, and I'd be loathe to predict which type(s) of psychological issues will be most common. If my casual off-the-cuff use of "OCD" in the same sentence a...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 19:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

It's been so long since Americans have had to suffer directly and in a manner that meant real, personal hardship to the general population that our best basis of comparison may well end up being other nations that personally, directly survived wars. Yes, 9/11 fundamentally changed American culture ...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 19:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Other random observation: since I've been stuck at home anyway I've been doing various little cleaning and re-organizing projects. The last time I did a serious home organization, a couple years ago, I already happened to have several plastic countertop chests of drawers and other organizational stu...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 18:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/governors-plead-for-medical-equipment-from-federal-stockpile-plagued-by-shortages-and-confusion/2020/03/31/18aadda0-728d-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html#click=https://t.co/dmyn7dLBGx One White House official said Trump is attuned to the electoral importance...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 18:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

When the current crop of minor children comes of age, their generation will have far higher rates of OCD/germophobic tendencies than any of their parents or grandparents did. That's not how OCD works. As I understand it, the actual cause is not known (the Mayo Clinic lists the three main theories a...
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 14:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

When the current crop of minor children comes of age, their generation will have far higher rates of OCD/germophobic tendencies than any of their parents or grandparents did.
by Jennifer
01 Apr 2020, 14:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/governors-plead-for-medical-equipment-from-federal-stockpile-plagued-by-shortages-and-confusion/2020/03/31/18aadda0-728d-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html#click=https://t.co/dmyn7dLBGx One White House official said Trump is attuned to the electoral importance...
by Jennifer
31 Mar 2020, 12:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

While it might give each party a kind of schizoid character it has little to do with any inherit overall morale right or wrong for the party. Acting as if they have some kind of "intent" the way an individual does just seems so pointless. So, in your estimation, it would not be acceptable to say "I...
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 23:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

That's mostly what I use it for. Once in awhile to add a touch of sourness without flavor, the way apple cider vinegar has.

ETA: And for making fake buttermilk, when needed in recipes.
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 19:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

While it might give each party a kind of schizoid character it has little to do with any inherit overall morale right or wrong for the party. Acting as if they have some kind of "intent" the way an individual does just seems so pointless. So, in your estimation, it would not be acceptable to say "I...
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 18:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

For all the ways a president H. Clinton would suck -- and all the many critical or downright insulting things I'd have said about her these past four years -- I feel pretty confident in saying this: ... would not have ignored the "US sure to face a pandemic erelong" reports which the outgoing Obama...
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 16:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

IIRC, the governor of South Carolina also pulled a Mississippi, putting out a statewide order overthrowing any shelter-in-place/business-closure orders.
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 16:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Regarding Richard Epstein, I thought this was pretty funny: MY WIFE: There were six cookies left. You ate all of them? ME: Look, I’m not an empiricist. It’s less about the number of cookies I ate than the model I’m using, which clearly shows some cookies left somewhere. MY WIFE: Where? ME: Do you wa...
by Jennifer
30 Mar 2020, 16:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

{Kicks self} For all the tons of books I've read over the years, on themes ranging from "sci-fi apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic dystopias" to "actual historical accounts of daily life in times of scarcity and crisis, such as Britain in World War Two," not to mention the many times in the past decad...